The Gambian Navy has abandoned Yahya Jammeh while pledging to pass allegiance to president-elect, Adama Barrow after swearing-in.
A private military contractor of Naval Intelligence and Counter Terrorism/Insurgency personnel, Edward, citing the president’s former security aide said Jammeh is currently surrounded only by foreign mercenaries and Casamance rebels.
Since the ultimatum given to Jammeh By ECOWAS to step down expired, on Thursday, January 19, many of his government officials have continued to withdraw their support for him.
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Both the country’s vice president, Isatou Njie Saidy, the army led by its chief, Ousman Badjie and a lot of others have also abandoned Jammeh for his refusal to step down for Barrow.
According to Vanguard, unconfirmed reports said that as tension continued to mount, the wife and children of the outgoing Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh allegedly abandoned him and have equally fled the country’s capital of Banjul a day before on the eve of the deadline given Jammeh by the ECOWAS and the African Union to step down.
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Meanwhile, the ECOWAS force, ECOMIG, have now embarked on a Naval blockade and air reconnaissance of The Gambia, following the defiance by the embattled outgoing president, Yahaya Jammeh, to step down for the president-elect, Adama Barrow.
The troops are mounted at the border between Senegal and Gambia in readiness to launch a military assault on Jammeh’s government in a move to oust him as it has become clear a peaceful resolution has been to no avail.